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Dontari Poe, Chiefs come to terms on a contract

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On Tuesday, there was a report that the next 24 hours would be critical ones in the contract negotiations between the Chiefs and first-round pick Dontari Poe.

The two sides were described as being “not close” in that report, but something must have happened in the last 24-plus hours. The Chiefs and Poe, the 11th overall pick, have come to agreement on a four-year deal which sources tell PFT does include the offset language that has been a stumbling block in the negotiations of some rookie contracts.

Offset language also appears in the contract of 10th overall pick Stephon Gilmore, something that likely made it harder for Poe to avoid when dealing with the Chiefs on his own deal. Gilmore gets the benefit of being one of the first 10 picks, which means that the team option on his fifth-year salary will be the average of the 10 highest paid cornerbacks in the league. As the 11th pick, Poe’s fifth year salary will be the average of the 3rd-25th best-paid players at defensive tackle which makes No. 11 a tough draft slot to swallow.

Poe will still do well enough financially, however, and strong play in his first few years will help him build a case to avoid that fifth-year option with a new, more lucrative contract across the board.

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8 Responses to “Dontari Poe, Chiefs come to terms on a contract”
  1. buckhuckster says: Jul 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    And now a poem:

    Chiefs sign Poe

    while we wait for Bowe.

  2. kchoya says: Jul 26, 2012 1:04 PM

    Peyton Mannni read this post and immediately felt a twinge in his neck.

  3. tjjohnson98 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:04 PM

    Nothing like waiting until the last minute! Now D-Bowe just needs to sign his franchise tender and we’ll be good to go. Looking forward to a better season… last year was gut-wrenching!

  4. cardiovascularendurance says: Jul 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    I don’t understand how two sides could not be close with the new rookie wage scale. Just by default, they’re going to be infinitely closer than they were in years past because of where they’re slotted.

    Does everything have to be so dramatic??

  5. deathonwings410 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:52 PM

    He better step it up against elite competition

  6. jgedgar70 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:18 PM

    Considering Poe was an also-ran at one of college worst programs who happened to have a great workout at the combine, perhaps the sticking point was that Poe wanted $10 million dollar workout bonuses every year?

  7. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    although a lot of folks did not like this pick, I think chiefs fan will be happy they have him. With that said…GO RAIDERS!

  8. firedup1 says: Jul 26, 2012 4:48 PM

    Superbowl!

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